Mobile Radars for Costa Rica

In order to try to control the growing air traffic of drugs an initial purchase will be made of two radars while funds are sought for eight others.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

An article in Nacion.com reports that "...The Ministry of Public Security is looking for resources to purchase 10 expensive mobile radars to detect planes engaged in transporting drugs in the country. "

A unit cost was mentioned of $500,000 for each radar and at the moment the available resources allow for purchasing two of them.

Of the ten radars to be acquired, six will be installed in the Pacific and four on the Caribbean coast.

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Honduras seeks aerial surveillance system

October 2013

The National Council for Defence and Security plans to spend $30 million on three radars to detect aircraft entering the country illegally.

The equipment will be acquired through a loan with a ten year payment plan which is expected to arrive in the country later this year, and will be used to combat drug trafficking activities, said René Osorio, head of the Joint Chiefs of the Armed Forces.

Guatemala Needs 5 Aerial Radars

August 2012

The control of drug traffic by air in Guatemala is ineffective because of lack of a monitoring system with primary and secondary radars which should also include a multinational information center.

An article in Elperiodico.com.gt reports that "The discovery of a plane with 405 kilos of cocaine in Retalhuleu and the landing of another aircraft that had unloaded a drug shipment, exposed the lack of technology to control drug traffic by air in the country. According to Armando Asturias, Controller of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the control of illegal aircraft requires the installation of at least five radars. "

$ 200 Million to Fight Drug Trafficking in CA

February 2011

United States announced additional economic support for Central America in the fight against drug trafficking.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. Counternarcotics, William Brownfield, at end of his tour of Central America, said the funds will be delivered in coordination with governments.

Honduras: $4.4 Million to Fight Drug Trafficking

April 2010

The United States will donate $4.4 million to combat drug trafficking and organized crime.

The resources will be used to assist in enforcing Honduras’ anti-drug law and border control inspections.

“Additionally, they will conduct educational programs for youngsters vulnerable to be recruited by criminal gangs, communal development programs, community police and prison management reforms”, reported Tiempo.hn.

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